Forms of the Gurdjieff Teaching
Gurdjieff chose to express his teaching in many forms.
Initiated in the Russian period and continuing to this day at the Society and its worldwide affiliates are group meetings in which the ideas and methods of the teaching are thoroughly and deeply explored. Working together, we also sit in silent mediation, work on teams on special projects and tasks, care for a house of work, and initiate studies of the teaching which include reading from a wide collection of Gurdjieff literature.
The Movements, or sacred dances, offer a unique approach to self-awareness and the development of integrated attention. Classes work on a large repertory of dances and exercises, choreographed by Gurdjieff, primarily on the basis of models witnessed during his years of travel in remote regions.
Music represents an essential expression of the teaching. Piano music to accompany the Movements was composed by Gurdjieff in collaboration with Russian composer, Thomas de Hartmann. There is, as well, a body of "salon" or concert music, composed by Gurdjieff and de Hartmann in the mid-1920s, now available in a four-volume edition and a growing discography. Please see these listed on our Music Discography page.
Finally, there are Gurdjieff's own writings and those of his close students, of which a recommended set appears on our Resources/Books pages.
The Gurdjieff teaching is an oral teaching: it must be passed from teacher to student and must be lived to be well understood.
Photo courtesy of the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York